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Notre Dame is Eliminated

May 2, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's softball team lost 4-1 to Connecticut and 1-0 to Rutgers on Saturday as the Irish were eliminated from the four-team, double-elimination BIG EAST championship on their home field at Ivy Field. Connecticut scored four unearned runs in the first game, including three in the top of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie, and Notre Dame went 0-7 with runners in opportunity against Rutgers as the Lady Knights scored in the bottom of the sixth for a 1-0 lead. For the day, the Irish were 0-11 with runners in scoring position and 3-18 with runners on base.

Defending champion Boston College beat Rutgers 1-0 in the opening game and Connecticut 4-2 to advance to Sunday's championship game. Connecticut and Rutgers will meet on Sunday's first game at 10:00 a.m. with the winner facing Boston College in the championship game.

Connecticut got on the board first with an unearned run in the third inning. The Irish came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth when Melanie Alkire doubled, went to third on a fly ball and scored on a wild pitch. The game remained tied until Connecticut took advantage of three errors to score three unearned runs in the top of the seventh for a 4-1 win.

Irish freshman pitcher Jennifer Sharron, who was named BIG EAST player of the year at Friday's championship banquet, pitched a complete game to take the loss, allowing four unearned run on just six hits while walking none to fall to 15-7. Megan Biddle pitched a complete game to improve to 10-5.

Against Rutgers, Notre Dame had eight hits but left eight runners stranded as the Lady Knights, who were the home team, scored in the bottom of the sixth and put Notre Dame down in order in the top of the seventh for a 1-0 win. Angela Bessolo allowed one run on six hits to fall to 5-8. Juliette Brooks, improved to 13-9 with the shutout win.

Notre Dame entered the championship with a 17-game winning streak, the third longest streak in the NCAA, and a school-record 13-game Ivy Field winning streak but both were snapped. The Irish were 30-4 all-time against BIG EAST teams at Ivy Field before the losses. Notre Dame is now 4-6 all-time in its three appearances in the BIG EAST championship and has lost its last three games.

SCORES

Game One
Boston College 1, Rutgers 0

Game Two Connecticut 001 000 3 4-6-0 Notre Dame 000 100 0 1-5-5 Megan Biddle (WP 10-5) and Jamine Blesoff. Jennifer Sharron (LP 15-7) and Kris McCleary. 2B- Jamine Blesoff (UC), Mandy Simjian (UC), Melanie Alkire (ND), Lisa Tully (ND).

Game Three Boston College 4, Connecticut 2

Game Four Notre Dame 000 000 0 0-8-1 Rutgers 000 001 x 1-6-0 Angela Bessolo (LP 5-8) and Kris McCleary. Juliette Brooks (WP 13-9) and Angie Catalano. 2B- Jaime-Lyn Chmielowicz (RU), Debbie DeJong (RU).


 

 

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February 10
12:00 PM
Weber State
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February 10
2:30 PM
Long Beach State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
South Dakota
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February 11
2:30 PM
San Diego State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 12
12:00 PM
UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif. (Easton Stadium)
February 17
1:30 PM
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 18
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 18
12:30 PM
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 19
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 23
6:30 PM
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February 23
9:00 PM
Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
3:30 PM
Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
6:00 PM
Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 25
1:00 PM
Oklahoma
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
March 4
12:30 PM
Purdue
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 4
5:00 PM
FIU
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
10:00 AM
Chattanooga
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
12:15 PM
Charlotte
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 11
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 11
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 12
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 14
5:00 PM
Georgia State
Atlanta, Ga. (Heck Softball Complex)
March 15
6:00 PM
Mercer
Macon, Ga. (Sikes Field)
March 17
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 18
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 19
12:00 PM
Florida State
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March 22
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 5
5:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 7
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 8
3:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 11
5:30 PM
Detroit Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 12
6:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 14
4:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 14
6:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 15
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 21
6:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 22
3:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 25
5:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Drysdale Field)
April 29
1:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 29
3:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
12:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 3
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 5
6:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 6
3:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 19
TBA
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May 21
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May 26
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May 27
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May 28
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June 1
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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